The Young Disciples - Road To Freedom

The Young Disciples were a British/American Acid Jazz band formed in London in 1990 by Carleen Anderson (Vocals and keyboards), Marc Nelson (Bass, guitar and organ) and Femi Williams (Percussion and programming). Their most famous his was the single Apparently Nothin' (Talkin' Loud, 1991), and helped launch Anderson's solo career when the band split.

The group formed in July 1990 after the American Anderson and her young son relocated to London and met with Nelson. They signed to Talkin' Loud records and released their first single Get Yourself Together (Talkin' Loud, 1990). This was followed by Apparently Nothin' , which became a top twenty hit for the group and brought them to national attention. An album quickly followed, Road to Freedom (Talkin' Loud, 1991) and prompted their record company to quickly cash in on the success of their single by releasing a remixed version Apparently Nothin' (Talkin' Loud, 1992).

The group were part of the burgeoning Acid Jazz scene, and also maintained links with the British hip hop scene, with many up and coming rappers of the day recording with them - MC Mell'O', Outlaw Posse and Masta Ace all guested on tracks over their career. The group also remixed tracks for other artists, although in reality this was usually either Nelson or Williams or both.

Anderson left the group in 1992, using the success of Apparently Nothin' to earn herself a solo recording contract with the larger Virgin record company. Following this, the group disbanded, although the name was still used for remix production for many years. Nelson and Williams continued to work behind the scenes in the music industry.

01. Get Yourself Together (Pt 1 And Pt 2)
02. Apparently Nothin (Soul River)
03. Funky Yeh Funki (Mek It)
04. Talkin What I Feel
05. All I Have
06. Move On
07. As We Come (To Be)
08. Step Right On
09. Freedom Suite
10. Young Disciples Theme

Young Disciples Myspace Page

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acidjazzy said...

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funkatronq said...

great, great blog.
I'm getting all the albums you post.
Just a complaint, I noticed some of the links aren't working.
The ones I saw was the snowboy and down to the bone links.
If you could fix them, I'd more than grateful

RunawayTrane said...

Been looking for Young Disciples for years. Thanks for the website and dl
you are the best!

Anonymous said...

i was wondering if this was the original europeon release or the US release. The US version has a few remixed tracks on it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks - love the YD's

platingbear63 said...

please can you add anew link
thank you

Julian Law said...

Heya, can you post a new link up! its a real gem in music!

Anonymous said...


What is Acid Jazz?

Acid jazz (also known as club jazz) is a musical genre that combines elements of soul music, funk, disco, particularly looping beats and modal harmony. It developed over the 1980s and 1990s and could be seen as tacking the sound of jazz-funk onto electronic dance/pop music.

The compositions of groups such as The Brand New Heavies and Incognito often feature chord structures usually associated with Jazz music. The Heavies in particular were known in their early years for beginning their songs as catchy pop and rapidly steering them into jazz territory before "resolving" the composition and thus not losing any pop listeners but successfully "exposing" them to jazz elements in "baby steps".

The acid jazz "movement" is also seen as a "revival" of jazz-funk or jazz fusion or soul jazz by leading DJs such as Norman Jay or Gilles Peterson or Patrick Forge, also known as "rare groove crate diggers".